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2015 Audi A3

The five-door Audi A3 hatchback, on sale in the States since the 2006 model year, never earned the respect it deserved. Despite possessing the automaker's well-regarded build quality and a range of strong powerplants (including an excellent diesel option), the entry-level model always played second fiddle to the rest of the Audi lineup, suffering from less innovative technologies and fewer premium options on its list. Many buyers considered it inferior to the rest of the models in the company's showroom. But those misconceptions could be about to change, as Audi is in the midst of introduc... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
220 HP / 258 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed DCT
Base Price:
$29,900
As-Tested Price:
$37,195
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    Audi boosts A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid production to 50 a day
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    Should we try to translate "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" into German? Audi might force us to do that. That's because the German automaker has stepped up production of its new plug-in vehicle – the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid – which is never a bad thing. Audi was circulating prototypes of the PHEV as early as 2012 and launched ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet
    Four Rings, Four Seats, For Fun 1416589020

    When my 758-mile journey on the A3 TDI Challenge came to an end in Boulevard, CA, Audi had a very nice consolation prize waiting for me: the 2015 A3 Cabriolet you see here. And with miles left to drive before reaching my hotel in Coronado (just outside of San Diego), what better way to celebrate my personal victory of achieving nearly 60 miles per gallon ...

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    Featured: 2015 Audi A3 TDI Challenge
    834 Reasons To Love A Diesel 1415811420

    I officially gave up after 758 miles. The 15 or so miles leading up to this decision were spent in the right lane of Southern California's I-8 freeway, hazard lights blinking, climbing uphill at just over 40 miles per hour. After two days of sweating to the oldies (okay, a mix of SiriusXM Classic Rewind and First Wave), I had covered those 758 miles in a ...

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    Video: Audi wiring cars with cameras to see how ferret-like creatures tear them apart
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    In this German-language video, we see a batch of Audi engineers wiring up an A3 Cabriolet with a network of small cameras. The goal? To help identify where and how stone martens – small, ferret-like animals – attack cars. The idea is to observe the animals' behavior around the vehicles, see where they go, what they chew on, and work to develop ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #402
    Audi A3 TDI Road Trip, Luxury Car Features We Love 1413924240

    Episode #402 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Brandon Turkus talk about the Audi A3 TDI Challenge and luxury car features we not-so-secretly love. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the ...

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    2015 Green Car Of The Year finalists announced, run alt-fuel gamut
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    The 2015 edition of the Green Car of the Year award is following right in the footsteps of previous years with a variety of alt-fuel powertrains making the just-announced finalists list. You've got your plug-in vehicle (the BMW i3), your compressed natural gas (the Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel), your high-efficiency diesel (the Audi A3 TDI), your 40+ ...

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    Review: 2015 Audi A3
    What Does Your Car Say About You? 1413388680

    What kind of watch do you wear? Especially today, when wearing a wristwatch is practically obviated by the near-ubiquitous use of cellphones, the timepiece found on one's arm makes a statement about how people perceive themselves. A sport watch from Nike or Garmin would seem to indicate enthusiasm for athletic pursuit. Inexpensive fashion statements ...

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    Video: Subaru WRX STI vs. Audi S3 in compact AWD dustup
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    It's not every day that a Subaru and an Audi can be reasonably compared head-to-head; the two brands tend not to compete directly in their respective segments. However, the latest WRX STI and the S3 Sedan offer the perfect chance to find out if the working-class Scooby can beat its upper-crust competitor. The UK's Auto Express gets behind the wheel of ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #390
    2015 Ford Mustang Specs, 2016 Smart, EPA Wants Road Tests, Autonomous Cars 1406042460

    Episode #390 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Sebastian Blanco from Autoblog Green talk about the 2015 Ford Mustang specs, the 2016 Smart models, a proposal to add real-world numbers to EPA economy tests and the potential downside of autonomous cars. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Audi A3 E-Tron [w/video]
    The Four-Ring Brand's First Production E-Tron Has Us Pretty Amped 1405439820

    Over the years, we've had a chance to test a lot of Audi E-Tron vehicles, from very early all-electric prototypes (back then we only got to sit in the passenger seat) to the A6 L E-Tron PHEV and the A1 E-Tron plug-in hybrid. All of them were concepts and promises, merely whispers of what was possible, even as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and two Tesla ...

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    Audi getting ready for an entire line-up of PHEV models
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    Despite years of researching any number of standard ICE alternatives, it's becoming clear that different automakers are starting to throw their weight behind their advanced-powertrain technologies of choice. For instance, Toyota is gearing up for its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle next year. Nissan continues to preach the gospel of the ...

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    Report: Audi A3 outselling Mercedes CLA 2 to 1 in its first 3 months on sale
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    The Audi A3 is on fire in US showrooms. Not literally of course, that would be horrible, and the situation we're referring to is a good thing indeed, as the Four Rings has a serious hit on its hands with the compact luxury sedan. Looking at just its first three months on the market, the entry-level model is outselling the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class by nearly ...

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    Report: Audi A3 supplies tight, model stealing Honda, Toyota sales
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    It appears that there was a pent up demand for compact, front-wheel drive German luxury sedans that no one really knew about. Not only has the Mercedes CLA-Class been a success in the US with its Hungarian factory running three shifts to keep up, but the Audi A3 Sedan is doing quite well, too, after just three full months on the market. Audi of America ...

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    Official: Audi S3 starts at $41,400, A3 Cabrio rings up at $35,600 and A3 TDI priced from $32,600
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    Audi has released the official pricing info for the all-new A3 TDI Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and the S3 Sedan, and the news appears pretty good all around. As usual, none of the following prices include Audi's unspecified-for-now destination charges. The big news is the S3, complete with 292 horsepower, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and Quattro ...

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    Official: Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro concept bringing its 525 horses to W├Ârthersee
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    It's almost late May, and you know what that means: the last of the snow has melted, the Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing, the flowers are blooming, and the performance-car faithful are descending on Wörthersee in Austria for the annual GTI-Treffen. Not only is the Wörthersee Tour (as the automaker calls it) a chance for enthusiasts to ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi perfecting drool-worthy RS3 hot hatch
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    A sure-fire way of adding excitement to any Audi is removing the "A" from its model name and replacing it with "RS." Take the RS4, RS5, RS6 and RS7 as proof of this fact. Of course, the transformation from "A" to "RS" wouldn't be complete with a huge bump in power, a far more sporting suspension, enhanced brakes and a more aggressive styling ...

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    VW ready to spend $25B on at least 6 EVs in China by 2018
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    Standing next to the lovely GTE plug-in hybrid during the Beijing Motor Show, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced a renewed, $25-billion focus for the German automaker on electric mobility in China. EVs + China is not a new equation for VW (see here and here and here), but the time is now for the plan to come together, apparently. As Winterkorn said in a ...

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    New York: 2016 Audi A3 Sportback headed to US under diesel power [w/video]
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    Ever get the feeling that automakers aren't really listening to what it is that you want in an automobile? Well, Audi is. Following what it calls "an outpouring of enthusiasts' support," the German automaker has announced that it is bringing the new, 2016 A3 Sportback to the US under diesel power, in the summer of 2015. Unveiled today at the New York ...

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    Official: Audi A3 named 2014 World Car of the Year
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    As usual, the second press day of the New York Auto Show was kicked off by the World Car of the Year Awards. Rather than fluff things up, we'll cut right to the chase: top honors go to the brand-new Audi A3, which bested the Mazda3 and BMW 4 Series for the all-important award. Of course, the wonderful thing about the World Car awards is that there isn't ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet
    Subtracting Roof And Adding Style Equals A Pleasant, Pricey Diversion 1396368000

    Drivers are either droptop people or they're not. As most usually aren't – at least as far as the willingness to buy one is concerned – all convertibles tend to remain strictly niche cars. Thus, automakers must ask a noticeably higher price for them. The Audi S3 Cabriolet is about as niche as you can get in the open daylight of mainstream ...

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